Niranjan Saggurti is an associate with the Population Council in New Delhi. A public health researcher with more than twenty years’ experience, Saggurti conducts diagnostic, experimental, and evaluation studies aimed at preventing HIV infection among high-risk and vulnerable populations, reducing sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and expanding maternal and child health for India’s most marginalized women.
Saggurti led seminal work to better understand the relationship between migration and HIV in India. Based on his research, Indian policymakers have redesigned the national strategy for reducing HIV infection among migrants in India.
Saggurti has also made significant contributions to the prevention of spousal transmission of HIV, working with women who experience intimate-partner violence to help them reduce their risk of HIV. Results from this project have contributed to international policy debates on this issue in Asia and the Pacific.
To build in-country capacity and expand the global knowledge base, Saggurti is documenting and sharing programmatic lessons from the Avahan project to prevent HIV. Results from this project are expected to inform the next phase of national planning in India and to strengthen HIV prevention programs worldwide.
Before joining the Council in 2006 Saggurti was an assistant professor at the International Institute for Population Sciences. In addition to serving as a scientific reviewer for several international journals, Saggurti is on the editorial board of the BioMed Research International Journal. In 1998 he received a PhD Training Fellowship from the University Grants Commission in India and in 2010 was awarded the Prof. K.B. Pathak Memorial Award for his paper on migration and HIV in India entitled, “Migration, mobility and sexual risk behavior in Mumbai, India: Mobile men with non-residential wife show increased risk.”
Saggurti holds an MS in statistics from Acharya Nagarjuna University, a master’s in population studies (MPS), and a PhD in population studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences.